The Church of England has ‘driven out’ the Devil.
While the Catholic Church can exorcise the Devil, the Church of
England has officially ‘excised’ the Evil One by rewording its baptismal
ceremonies to remove reference to the Devil during the rejection
usually verbalised by parents and godparents.
Now, in a change to the
version of baptism utilised by the Church since 1998, participants are
invited to “reject evil, and all its many forms, and all its empty
The new approach was drawn up by the Church of England’s Liturgy
Commission following a motion tabled by clerics at the Church’s General
Synod in 2011, based on concern that the existing wording could dissuade
people who are not regular churchgoers from seeking baptism for their
The new wording has been backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most
Rev. Justin Welby and has been introduced to 1,000 churches on a trial
basis until Easter this year.